Maccabi Tel Aviv, Kiryat Shmona primed for return of Super Cup

The Israeli Super Cup is back after 26 years, and after becoming the first team to win the domestic treble last season, Maccabi Tel Aviv is keen to get 2015/16 off to a triumphant start when it faces Ironi Kiryat Shmona in Netanya on Saturday.

The curtain raiser to the domestic campaign between the reigning champion and State Cup holder, or between the champion and runner-up if the same team won both titles like Maccabi last season, was first held in 1956 and became a staple in local soccer’s calendar after taking place regularly between 1974 and 1989.

However, the showdown has not been played since Bnei Yehuda beat Hapoel Kfar Saba 1-0 in 1989, with plans to renew the tradition being postponed on a couple of occasions before an agreement was finally reached to bring the Super Cup back ahead of the start of the 2015/16 campaign.


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